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|41 T2||Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Oct 10, 2017
"An attempt has ben made to flesh out the bones of the anorexic, unfollowable plot of the original. Unfortunately, not much was done on the char's, so we jump from set piece to set piece, roughly following the plot trajectory of the original, adding nothing notably new. At least in the original, they realised the aesthetic was the only thing going for the film, so they essentially paused the plot to spend a few minutes appreciating the art design & score, which turned out to be a rare highlight. "
|59 T3||Baby Driver (2017) - Sep 24, 2017
"It's hard to make a musical with legitimate tension and edge, Baby Driver gave it a good shot, but it came across as way to novel and camp to really pull it off. We've seen music paired with action before (GotG, Watchmen), this does it well, particularly in the shoot out sequences. Hamm gets the closest to leaving us with the aftertaste of grit, but it all leads to a climax we've seen a hundred times before. To be successful this needed to be syncopated from the standard film beats for starters."
|63 T4||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Sep 11, 2017
"Something happened in Dr. Strange that set off the kind of kaleidoscopic use of colour we see here, Maybe Marvel are going to go for the psychedelic market, like Disney did in the 70's with hidden hallucinations and single frames of dicks every now and then. Chris Pratt is boring & generally the film lacks some of the edge it had in the original. Let's skip the inevitable back story film about the green woman & cut straight to middle aged Groot negotiating a career in middle management."
|64 T4||Get Out (2017) - Aug 12, 2017
"For me films (or art in general) based around race is lowest common denominator stuff, it's very easy to think you want to make a film & then look as far as skin colour when you design a plot. Get Out is smart enough to saturate us in that kind of thinking to highlight the absurdity of the discussion. But really, who is the discussion with? We all know art won't change peoples minds, worse, despite the veil of comedy, do 'awareness' pieces inadvertently perpetuate the concept of division? idk."
|51 T3||Alien: Covenant (2017) - Aug 08, 2017
"Builds only slightly on the Alien universes' universe, now it feels like we have 5 pieces down in a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Ultimately predictable, except for the casting of McBride and Franco? We get a decent theme thrown at us, with a questioning of AI's intentions when too much control is handed over, although this is something we've seen many times before, notably in 'Her'. I gave the film a tick over 50% as it continues Scott's descent into career depression following from 'The Counselor'"
|39 T2||Buster's Mal Heart (2016) - Jul 31, 2017
"Straight forward 'schizophrenic' plot-line with some moments of surreality to keep it fresh. I'd place this somewhere between an amateur filmmaker's Fight Club and Swiss Army Man with the lunacy toned way down. Very pickable plot, with nothing really new brought to the medium. You can start to see what attracts Malek to a script if you've followed him from Mr. Robot to this. "
|68 T5||Silicon Cowboys (2016) - Jul 31, 2017
"Not bad if you're an IT buff, fairly dry if it's not your game. Covers the rise to fame of Compaq by building on a relatively simple concept. Times were a lot more simple in the 80's and many great ideas were yet to be had, now the solutions to problems we don't have are scrolled by with a swipe of a finger. I did enjoy the attempt at conjuring drama with the board meeting sequence, as close as we get to anything near outrageous during Silicon Cowboys."
|72 T6||Logan (2017) - Jul 31, 2017
"Felt less like a superhero/marvel film and more like a drama involving supernatural themes. Operates somewhere on the bleak spectrum between Dark Knight and Stranger Things. Stephen Merchant was surprisingly well cast too."
|56 T3||The Trip to Spain (2017) - Jul 09, 2017
"Treading water compared to the first & second instalments of the franchise. There is the same sweeping vistas, food-porn & irreverence within the halls of whichever historic landmark that is come across, but the plot seemed to be an afterthought, and appears rather late in the series too. As for the tone, a similar shot at introspective contemplation is eventually conjured, again, late in the piece. I found this same tone more effectively depicted in the Italian segment with the Brydon plotline."
|72 T6||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) - Jun 25, 2017
"If the char's during the 2 seasons of TP slowly had their layers peeled back exposing their rotten drivers, the characters in TP: FWwM start raw with nothing left to hide. The film re-enacts what we already knew transpired, effectively leaving the way it is presented as the 'new content'. Lynch takes us on an audio/visual journey that really starts to move from the Canada sequence (a highlight) onwards. Side note: Palmer is one of the more psychologically destroyed chars I've seen put to screen."